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The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science

Popular Science

By: Natalie Angier

304 pages, ill

Faber & Faber

Paperback | Dec 2008 | #178967 | ISBN-13: 9780571239726
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About this book

Unless we are brilliant at science in our teenage years, many of us put off 'childish things' - science museums, palaeontology - in favour of museums, art galleries and concert halls. A cultured person, Natalie Angier argues, should know about the classic ideas of physics and biology as well as the classic works of Beethoven and Picasso.

Drawing on conversations with many of the world's leading scientists, Angier takes us on a vivid, good-humoured and informative tour of this neglected canon. An entertaining guide to scientific literacy - from stem-cell research to bird flu and global warming - that explains the machinery of this place we call home.


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Biography

Natalie Angier writes about biology for the New York Times, for which she has won a Pulitzer Prize, an American Association for the Advancement of Science journalism award and other honours. She is the author of The Beauty of the Beastly, Natural Obsessions and Woman: An Intimate Geography, which was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award finalist and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, People, National Public Radio, the Village Voice and Publishers Weekly, among others. Angier lives with her husband and daughter in Washington, D.C.

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